Storm rocks Porirua

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Porirua felt the wrath of wild weather on Septem­ber 30, but city coun­cil staff say the city’s pipes and drains were able to cope.

In ad­di­tion to flood­ing on State High­way 1 near the weigh sta­tion in Plim­mer­ton, the train derail­ment, and clo­sure of Paekakariki Hill Rd and Grays Rd, there were plenty of slips to con­tend with, Porirua City Coun­cil gen­eral man­ager of as­set man­age­ment and op­er­a­tions Peter Bai­ley said.

‘‘We had peo­ple up till 3am clear­ing slips through­out the city and while there was plenty of mi­nor flood­ing, there were no ma­jor in­ci­dents to deal with.

‘‘ It was close in Raiha St [where flood­ing has been is­sue in the past] but luck­ily the rain was not heavy, just steady over a long pe­riod.’’

The city’s ag­ing sewer pipes were un­der some pres­sure but coped with the ex­tra stormwa­ter.

Mr Bai­ley said they have al­ready made good in­roads into fix­ing lines and clear­ing tree roots, which had caused sig­nif­i­cant prob­lems in the past.

One res­i­dent of Mana Es­planade con­tacted Kapi-Mana News, to say for the third time in six years there had been sewage over­flows onto the street. Some toi­let paper rem­nants were still vis­i­ble days later, and she con­sid­ered the con­di­tions ‘‘third world’’.

Mean­while, Lloyd and Priscilla Isaacs had to spend a night away from their home in Lee­ward Dr, Whitby, af­ter part of a bank be­hind their house came crash­ing down.

Just af­ter 6pm, Mr Isaacs said there wasn’t a big rum­ble, ‘‘more like a ‘ whomp’, like the air had been trapped some­how’’ and when they went to check the cou­ple found rocks and piles of dirt cov­er­ing their back deck.

‘‘I could not be­lieve it. It’s a won­der the house didn’t shake at all. We’ve been very lucky,’’ Mr Isaacs said.

Al­though the slip was not threat­en­ing the house, , emer­gency ser­vices rec­om­mended they spend the night else­where.

Their in­surance com­pany has al­ready as­sessed the dam­age and the Earth­quake Com­mis­sion would be next to in­ves­ti­gate late last week. Ac­cess to clear the rock­fall is likely to be a prob­lem, with only nar­row steps lead­ing up to the back of the house and the bank.

Rocked: The Isaacs won’t be us­ing their bar­be­cue area any time soon. They have lived at the Lee­ward Dr prop­erty for nearly 10 years but the bank be­hind their house had never slipped be­fore the storm on Septem­ber 30.

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